... at least keep it from dropping even further?

That's it, basically. Why, and what, and how?

  • Looking at your profile page I don't see the missing 100 points, which is weird because I do remember your rep was around the 800 mark. I can't say if it was closer to 850 or 900 though. The two meta posts might help explain, I suspect the reason for the loss of rep points is to be found in the second post. – Mari-Lou A Oct 29 '15 at 6:45
  • I'm flattered. Also, I'm totally confused now. What meta posts? – Ricky Oct 29 '15 at 6:53
  • Oh. Got it! Thanks. No, I'm still in the dark about the loss of points, but at least I'm reassured (sort of) that there's going to be no further drop. At least not today. Am I wrong? I don't know who or what those Sockpuppets are, or why they would do what they're rumored to be doing. Whatever it is, they should be ashamed of themselves. Thanks again! – Ricky Oct 29 '15 at 7:15
  • Well before jumping to conclusions, wait and see what the mods say. They can see things that we mortals cannot. – Mari-Lou A Oct 29 '15 at 7:20
  • Do those things come to them in their sleep? Just curious. – Ricky Oct 29 '15 at 7:32
  • I voted to delete the post, without knowing it carried a penalty. I might have asked you to reconsider but three users before me had done that, and you retaliated and defended your answer. But please explain to me why a woman who enjoys "mindless social fun", as described by the OP, with no overtones of sexual activity in the slightest, is in your words a: slut, airhead, bimbo? Whereas a man is a: hellrake, fop, rogue; terms relatively inoffensive, but in actual fact, sometimes wore as a badge of honour. – Mari-Lou A Oct 29 '15 at 23:51
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    (cont'd) The OP himself said: "Slut, bimbo: both are highly offensive. All these seem like a personal attack rather than focusing on their lapse in thinking" You were just pushing the boundaries, seeing how far you could go. It was a cheap nasty insult, aimed at women, and I don't see why I, or any woman or man should ignore that, or not feel offended. – Mari-Lou A Oct 29 '15 at 23:51
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    BTW I interpret the OP's "mindless social fun" as being rather shallow, frivolous pastimes, such as playing online puzzle games, watching youtube videos, posting updates on their social media profile, generally light-weight genre. Nothing about having loose sexual relations, being fairly stupid, or acting like a cheap sex object. – Mari-Lou A Oct 30 '15 at 0:11
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    @Mari-LouA I don't see either how a woman mindlessly playing on Facebook should be called a slut or bimbo. – michael_timofeev Oct 31 '15 at 0:45
  • Here is a link to a meta post about uncalled for or inexplicable deleted comments. Disappearing comment trails; here is an older post, but in this case the deleted comment was reinstated. But anonymous deletion is, apparently, acceptable and the done thing. meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/5019/…. Which makes me suspect that every deleted comment is archived. Nothing really disappears... – Mari-Lou A Nov 30 '15 at 10:01
  • @Mari-LouA: Thank you. I read the answer harangue, and the other harangue linked to the answer harangue. It seems that the powers-that-be here are very strongly opposed to the idea that folks can communicate among one another freely, forming cyber-relationships, etc. They keep reminding us peons that all and any communication, discussion, discourse here is at their discretion. Looks like maoists is the wrong word: there's a bit of everybody of that ilk in there: Nero, Henry VIII, Louis XI, Stalin, Mussolini, etc. – Ricky Nov 30 '15 at 10:02
  • @Mari-LouA: That's weird, because the previous one states that, once deleted, comments disappear forever and ever, amen, no one can access them. So, the powers-that-be aren't above plain old lying, either. – Ricky Nov 30 '15 at 10:04
  • You're being more melodramatic than I am! Nevertheless, it's unsettling. The infamous deleted answer of mine is visible to me because I have 10+k, but deleted comments are not. And if I delete my comment, I want it to be deleted for all sorts of reasons. – Mari-Lou A Nov 30 '15 at 10:04

This post was marked as offensive, which carries a 100 reputation penalty. An FAQ on spam and offensive flags is available.

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    Oh good to know, I had no idea there was a penalty involved – Mari-Lou A Oct 29 '15 at 17:20
  • To prevent leaping to conclusions, I haven't flagged anything as offensive in months. – anongoodnurse Oct 29 '15 at 18:30
  • Thank you. So, someone provides a definition and asks for words it might match; I provide the words (anyone who doubts that the words are actually correct can look them up) and lose a hundred points. Good to know. – Ricky Oct 29 '15 at 20:40
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    @Ricky - You claim to be "always courteous, and even tactful...". Heh. Maybe that's why you you didn't really get Shakespeare's quote about fools and wise men. Lest you think it's just me, other commenters noticed your answer's poor quality ("C'mon, none of your nouns is even close to an answer to the request.") – anongoodnurse Oct 29 '15 at 21:56
  • @medica:People's OPINIONS (on anything, including my choice of nouns) shouldn't serve as sufficient cause to strip 100 points from my rep. That's simply not decent. Apology not accepted. – Ricky Oct 29 '15 at 22:46
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    Apology? I didn't offer one; I didn't do anything wrong. It appears, however, that you did. End of my involvement. – anongoodnurse Oct 29 '15 at 22:54
  • Really. What was it exactly that I did wrong? Name the crime, if you please. – Ricky Oct 29 '15 at 23:15
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    @Ricky I think you should read the link waiwai933♦ posted before accusing one user of deliberately deleting 100 rep points. You did it unto yourself, I'm afraid. – Mari-Lou A Oct 30 '15 at 0:25
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    Don't be such a scaredy-cat. I've read the link. It does not apply. Which, of course, is a matter of opinion. Let me reiterate. A question was posted. I posted my CORRECT answer. Someone decided to take offense. Because there are people in this world to whom taking offense is second nature. Orwell called them the thought police. We'll be censoring Shakespeare, Byron, and Fielding next. Actually, all of English-language literature. You can't open a book in English without running into an offensive word almost right away. Apology not accepted. – Ricky Oct 30 '15 at 0:52
  • Oh, so now we're downvoting support questions too. – Ricky Oct 30 '15 at 4:18
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    @Ricky, you need to preface my username with @ if you want me to receive a notification. I was one who took offence, because the answer was a cheap insult, it is in no way, shape or form correct (how presumptuous of you comparing yourself with Shakespeare and Byron), the OP himself was clearly unsatisfied with your answer. I am not offended in the least by foul language, I am not offended by words, I am offended by those who spout nonsensical, sexist and chauvinistic views. Your CORRECT answer falls in that category. – Mari-Lou A Oct 30 '15 at 8:14
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    @Mari-LouA If there's another rake out there on this question, I'm sure Ricky is searching for it so he jump on it with both feet. That shouldn't obscure the fact that he's right. Offensive posts are those that constitute hate speech and abuse of people, which I take to mean hateful things directed at individuals. The real problem with the answer is that it's wrong on the facts; the real problem with Ricky's defense of his answer is that it's empty. I can't blame you for taking offense, but that doesn't make the answer flag-worthy. – deadrat Oct 30 '15 at 9:48
  • @deadrat I do not have the authority to unilaterally close or delete posts or comments. I was one of the users who flagged Ricky's answer, and I don't regret my decision. He had the time to improve on his answer, or explain on his post why it is CORRECT. He didn't. End of. – Mari-Lou A Oct 30 '15 at 10:02
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    @Mari-LouA What have I posted that suggests I think you have such authority? Or that I think you should regret your decision? I'm not in the habit of telling people how they should feel. Ricky certainly had time to improve or properly defend his answer. He didn't, and that make it a bad answer. And in some respects, that makes him a bad actor here. But his post still doesn't qualify under the guidelines as flag-worthy for offense. Which, of course, is different from it being offensive to people. – deadrat Oct 30 '15 at 10:10
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    (cont'd) I am 100 per cent certain that if I had posted the answer nigga as someone who enjoys mindless social fun, people would have come down on me like a ton of bricks. And riightly so, but somehow when it comes to women, it's different. The answer is not "flag-worthy for offense." Why isn't it? Doesn't it insult women? Isn't it sexist? That is all I want to say on the matter. If you want to continue the discussion on chat, I'm sorry but I don't visit that place. I really dislike the chat room on EL&U. – Mari-Lou A Oct 31 '15 at 7:17

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